Tuesday, November 11, 2008

007 days of Bond: On Her Majesty's Secret Service

On Her Majesty's Secret Service is George Lazenby's sole Bond adventure. What could have been has been speculated for the last 39 years. What his legacy has left is the best Bond adaptation ever.

The story follows Bond, determined to track down Ernst Stavro Blofeld, the leader of SPECTRE, once and for all. Frustrated in what he believes is M keeping him from the task he's set on partaking in, attempts to resign. Moneypenny convinces M to instead give him a leave of absence. Bond, on his own, tracks down Draco, the head of one of the most powerful crime syndicates in the world to inlist his help in tracking down Blofeld. To gain his support, he is force to court Draco's daughter, Contessa Teresa di Vicenzo, Tracy. It quickly becomes clear that Blofeld's intentions are extremely dangerous, and Bond must fight to stop him with any and all means necesary. Just like any other Bond film.

In a wonderful change from the norm, the opening titles are entirely instrumental theme.

Lazenby plays Bond's character in this film perfectly and is exactly how I imagined him when I read the book. Diana Rigg does a wonderful job as Tracy, and surprisingly, Telly Savalas does a pretty darn good job as Blofeld - sadly better than Donald Pleasence did in You Only Live Twice, aka "keeeell Bond nooooowww"

Sadly, the belief still exists that the film did poorly in the box office, and that the film was unpopular. The film was the second highest grossing film in 1969. Personally I believe that due to the romance in the film and the downer ending (compared to other Bond films), it's unpopular.

Oh well.

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